Caitlin Davies was born in London in 1964. She spent 12 years in Botswana as a teacher and journalist and many of her books are set in the Okavango Delta, including a memoir Place of Reeds and the novel Black Mulberries.
Her most recent novels are The Ghost of Lily Painter, a fictional account of the arrest and execution of two Edwardian baby farmers in London, and Family Likeness about the fate of 'war babies' born to African American GI fathers in England during World War Two.
Her non-fiction books include Taking the Waters: A Swim Around Hampstead Heath, a celebration of 200 years of glorious outdoor bathing, and an illustrated history of the world famous Camden Lock Market.
Her latest non-fiction is Downstream: a history and celebration of swimming the River Thames, published by Aurum. She is currently finishing a novel called The Wild Swimmer, about a Victorian diver and 'champion lady swimmer of the world'.
She is also a teacher and journalist, and was a regular feature writer for The Independent's education and careers supplement. She now works as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Westminster, Harrow, in the faculty of Media, Arts & Design. Her website is www.caitlindavies.co.uk